Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2005-

(Note: The information for this record was taken from a hand-written document submitted in 1992)

Common name:

Mountain Plover

Scientific name: Charadrius montanus
Date: 31 March 1992
Length of time observed: 15 minutes
Number: 1
Location: Layton Marsh
County: Davis
Latilong: Coordinates: 5115oo East, 45438oo N.
Distance to bird:  
Optical equipment:  
Light Conditions:  
Description:        Size of bird: About 1 1/2  times the size of adjacent Snowy Plover, appeared to be slightly smaller than a golden plover
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Dark brown wings (solid,  no speckling),
breast - light brown with no streaking or spots, 
- solid white,
- light tan w/ whitish eye stripe, white at base of bill & white below eye.
Leg color - light - not black
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: feeding w/ a flock of 6 Snowy Plovers  (feeding on brine flies).
Habitat: dead salt grass next to Great Salt Lake
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Both Black-bellied & L. Golden Plovers are larger, heavier, & show buffy edges to coverts (lacking in this bird) and some darker streaking/spotting on breast, (lacking on this bird).
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have seen Mtn. Plover in eastern Colorado previously, so am familiar w/ the species.
References consulted:  
Description from:  
Observer: Peter Paton
Observer's address: PO Box 741, Hyde Park, UT  84318
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Ella Sorensen, Craig Kneedy
Date prepared:  
Additional material: Transcript of original document
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